kharlow: How hard would it be to add a nice little optical viewfinder to these fixed focal length cameras? Maybe even add some parallax correction?
I just use a Voigtlander 28mm VF on my hotshoe and turn off the rear screen Works for nearly all things I use my GR for which is mostly street photography. That and Snap Focus (people always forget that function) make this pretty much the perfect street photography camera
$649 for a lens I can get on ebay for $150 in mint condition? God Hipsters are such blond fools. Let Lomography steal their money.
Here is the blog article I wrote about it
RolliPoli: Will it work with a 645D???
Unfortunately no. To use the 645D you'll need to use the "Watched Folder" method using the original version of the Pentax Transmitter Software
I will have an article up shortly on my website going through tethering options and how this plugin works including the integration with Lightroom Moble based on the 0.9.4 Beta. Link shortly
Biowizard: Only thought ... presumably this camera still has an RGB mosaic of some sort over its sensor, for regular colour photography - would it not be even more useful with that removed too? In other words, a full-resolution, no-interpolation, IR-sensitive sensor?
Certain uses would require the color since in IR it will look very different - such a vegetation health survey
RichRMA: The purchasing restriction is ridiculous. This is not a long-wave heat-sensing/thermal camera, or a late-stage night-vision camera, it's just near infra-red.
Fuji had similar restrictions on their IR sensitive camera years ago. It has in large part to do with certain import restrictions based on sensor sensitivity in nanometers.
Rick_Hunter: Don't worry, at this pace, by the time Pentax will finally finish its first full frame DSLR, DSLRS will be a thing of the past and substituted by newer technology (E.G. mirrorless) - Way to go, Pentax!
Ummm Contax and Kodak had Full Frame units out years before the 5D. So did Canon BTW, it was the 1Ds.
I don't think it's "too little too late" for a Pentax FF DSLR. Their installed client base has been asking for it, and while they focused the last few years with Pros and the 645 MF units, heading over to the FF side is simply them listening to their clients.
It will do well, many will be sold and there is enough glass (Pentax never stopped production on their AF Film lenses, they are still being made) to make said base happy.
NoMirror99: Pentax, Nikon, and Canon could just rip the mirror out, keep the same body and distance from the sensor, add an EVF. Same lenses work, no more mircro adjustments for lenses, fewer moving parts, less vibration Etc. And offer these new models alongside the standard. May the better camera win.
Pentax actually already did that. It was called the K-01. Didn't really do well because it was considered to large.
TTLstalker: Not sure if this is the right move. Maybe they should do full frame mirrorless instead since it seems the industry is going in that direction. If they spend their time and resources developing lenses for a full frame DSLR, the lenses would need an adapter if they ever wanted to go mirrorless.
I think this will do well
alextardif: Hmm... how about Sony hand over their A-mount to Pentax along with whatever sensor they're buying? Let the A77ii and A99 go into the oblivion and give our A-mount glass another shot :)
That wouldn't make sense since the K-Mount have nearly 50 years of glass behind it
Old Cameras: I bet it accepts legacy manual focus lenses, just like a Nikon.
The APS-C units already do
Sandyramirez: Hmmm 700 for this or half that for a Pentax Q with the same sensor and interchangeable lenses......
The only plus you've mentioned is the viewfinder, but at the price Oly is asking you can get a two lens kit for the Q and still have money left over for spare batteries, memory cards perhaps an inexpensive bag oh and maybe a sandwich. The two lenses cover a 28-250mm range btw.
Hmmm 700 for this or half that for a Pentax Q with the same sensor and interchangeable lenses......
Felix E Klee: In a professional context, for example for fashion photography in a studio, what is the advantage of a medium format camera today?
Today's full frame sensors and optics provide more than enough resolution for even very large printed ads, and dynamic range there is plenty as well. Furthermore, in a studio environment, I expect lighting to be perfect and the pro photographer to frame close to the final result.
For landscape photography medium format is interesting, but that's not my question.
Yes and the difference is night and day
Considering I use to own a Canon 1DS Mrk II and the 50/1.2 L I can tell you completely that it looks different. If you've shot MF you would know,
The major reason is the look of MF. It allows for better subject isolation. For instance on my 645D and now the 645Z I use a 75/2.8 as my normal. The longer focal length gives shallower DOF at the same aperture - you get better subject isolation. It isn't about resolution all the time.
zakaria: It is pentax answer to any one asking for a full frame.
yfan, the sensor is much larger. To get the same performance of light gathering that a MF 2.8 lens gives use a 1.4 on the much smaller Full Frame. Seriously go learn some photography
I bet it takes amazing shots and has creamy bokeh
GarysInSoCal: The Nikon D5300 blows this piece of crap away at a lower price... with more resolution, a better low noise rating, stronger dynamic range, a bigger selection of lenses and TTL flashes.
And this is based on what information? Oh none